In the spring of 1946, a small factory, “Hikari Kosakusho”, was born in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture.
Just half a year after the end of World War II, when Japan finally started to take a step toward its post-war reconstruction, Yoshimitsu Nishioka, founder of the company, put his desire to “use technology to lighten up a corner in the industrial world” into the corporate name, “Hikari Kosakusho” meaning Light Works.
Seven years later, Hikari Kosakusho started to graduate from the manufacturing of proprietary technology based spinning machines to focus on the manufacturing of machine tools to meet the high demand of the industry and changed its name to “Hikari Kikai Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
Over a period of more than 70 years, the thought and spirit put in the word Hikari, which have been treasured from the foundation of the company, have been ceaselessly passed down until today.
Yoshimitsu Nishioka, founder
Yoshimitsu Nishioka founded Hikari Kousakusho in Tsu city.
Commenced research and development for grinding machines.
Changed name to “HIKARI KIKAI SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD.”
Commenced manufacture and sale of grinding machines.
Became a stock company and constructed a factory at the present address as foothold for new expansion.
Awarded The Best Manufacturing Factory by the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Agency.
Commenced design and manufacture of automated machines for various types of mass production. Commencement of manufacturing of die jigs.
Started mass production of cutting tools.
Expanded No.2 Factory
Commenced integrated production of magnet cores.
Appointed as a “Small and Medium Model Factory for Rationalization” by Small and Medium Enterprises Agency.
Appointed again as a “Small and Medium Model Factory for Rationalization” by Small and Medium Enterprises Agency.
Manufacture of Information Related Machines.
Completed No.3 Factory
Commenced manufacture of automotive parts (brake parts).
Commenced manufacture of hydraulic pump vanes.
Commenced sale for Sumitomo Electric’s “Igetalloy” products.
President, Yoshimitsu Nishioka became chairman of the board of directors and executive managing director, Toranosuke Nishioka became president.
Commenced mass production of dot print wires.
Commenced sales of Double-disc surface grinding machine for cutting tools.
Commenced of manufacture and sale of multi-drill grinders.
Commenced manufacture and sale of special cutting tools.
Commenced of manufacture and sale of water electrolytic reduction devices.
Commenced sales of Bottom grinding machine for cutting tools.
Commenced manufacture and sale of electrolytic reduction water.
Commenced Retrofit business.
Preseident, Toranosuke Nisioka became chairman of the board of directors and executive vice-president, Keiko Nishioka became President.
Received the “MADE IN NAGOYA” award from the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Commenced manufacture and sale of
Diamond tool Grinding Machine.
Recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as one of“The 300 Most Powerful Small and Medium Manufacturers in Japan ” for our support of and contribution to Japanese industry.
More Expanded No.2 Factory
Commenced manufacture and sale of Solar equipment and solar-powered disaster prevention street lights "Mamo Link" .
Received the “Man and Woman Equally and Vividly Working Together” award from Mie Prefecture.
Received the “2009 Best Environmental Activity” award from Tsu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Development of our “New Diamond Tool Grinder” was authorized and adopted as a New Partnership Project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Received the “Best Practices in Equal Employment Opportunities” award from Mie Prefectural Labor Director.
After being selected by NEDO as a "New Energy Venture Technology Innovation Project", we have been working with Suzuka National College of Technology in collaboration with Mie University.Develop a low LCC light concentrator (heliostat)
Commenced manufacture and sale of processing machines for magnetic materials.
Obtained cetification of E-MES, Mie Environmental Management System
Exhibited at JIMTOF(Japan Int'l Machine Tool Fair), the world's largest machine tool fair.
Opened "Hikari Laser Lab." in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, to research and develop ultra-fine processing using lasers.
Received the "Empowerment Award Incentive Award" from the Japan Productivity Center.
Certified as one of the New 100 Diversity Management Companies by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Started a business partnership with SHENZHEN SIRON PRECISION MACHINERY CO., LTD. in China.
Selected for “50 Leading Companies for Women in the Asia-Pacific” in 2014. (Five companies were selected from Japan.)
"Hikari Laser Lab." was expanded and moved to Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture.
Designated as Special Zone to Create Asia No.1 Aerospace Industrial Cluster by the Prime Minister.
Awarded "Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Obtained ISO 9001:2015 (Machine Tool Division) certification.
Commenced manufacture and sale of
New Grinding machine for PCD tool tips.
Selected as a "Hospitality Management Company in Mie" by Mie Prefecture.
From the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan Health Council
Certified as a "Health Management Excellent Corporation 2019 (Small and Medium Business Corporation Division)".